"Titan is so cool, because its atmosphere is really similar to what we think early earth was like," says Denver Museum of Nature & Science astrobiology research assistant Julia DeMarines. "It's a huge mystery, a crazy anomaly in the solar system; it has a crazy, different chemistry than Earth's, so it's like a familiar place, yet a really strange one. But it could give us clues to how life on Earth started."
The institute's Titan research team descends this week on the DMNS for a confab to share the findings of various sub-teams, but the museum will also host an evening of public outreach: a panel discussion called Exploring Titan for Clues to the Origins of Life. Team leaders Christophe Sotin, Robert West and Thomas Orlando will join host David Grinspoon -- the museum's own astrobiology genius -- to explain their research and answer questions.
Exploring Titan starts at 7 p.m. in Ricketson Auditorium at the DMNS, 2001 Colorado Boulevard; reserve tickets, $12 to $15, online at dmns.org, or visit the Facebook event page for information.
Wed., April 24, 7-9 p.m., 2013